7 FWD cars that put RWD to shame

6w ago


Whenever I talk to motoring enthusiasts face to face, front-wheel-drive cars are often a subject of joy and fond memories. However, take a step onto the internet and they have a worse reputation than supermarket sushi.

It's most likely the lack of sideways action that puts people off, but when you're driving in the real world, you'd be surprised at how many corners you drive around not looking through the side window (all of them). The FWD set up may not hint at power and fun, but if you find the right chassis, they give most RWD cars a run for their money.

Here are my top 7 FWD cars that'll finally convince the internet they aren't all boring:

7) Lotus Elan S2 M100

The '90s Lotus Elan wasn't a roaring success upon release. Having to live up to the reputation of its older brother was always going to be hard, but the M100 shouldn't be overlooked.

The Lotus mantra of lightweight performance is more than present in the M100 with a turbocharger paired with a kerb weight of 1,020 kg. The FWD aspect might have puzzled a few folks back in the day, but Lotus knew what they were doing. This set up allowed much better high-speed handling and better traction.

6) Renault Clio Williams

A lesson to all car manufacturers, get an F1 association and you don't need to do any more marketing – you've made a cool car. I mean, I probably wouldn't hate a Vauxhall Mokka Force India or a Fiat Multipla Torro Rosso if that hit the market.

However, when this is done properly, something magical happens. The Renault Clio Williams was a very special car. Once you get passed the chic styling you're left with a solid chassis and extremely pokey 2.0-litre engine that makes for the perfect '90s hot hatch experience.

5) Peugeot 106 Rallye

It is very hard to squeeze so much fun into such a little package. If anyone gives the Italians a run for their money in the hot hatch world, it's the French. The Rallye S2 weighs just 865 kg and loves to be thrown around. Give it a B-road to play on and you'll have a permanent smile on your face.

4) VW Corrado VR6

If you know, you know.

The VW Corrado VR6 is often referred to as having one of the all-time great chassis. With a powerful engine fit into a small package, the chassis needed to special and it really was. The balance of the car will make you forget all about RWD.

3) Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

The 147 GTA might not be the best example of a FWD car that is more fun to drive than a RWD as it understeers like nothing else. With 250 bhp going straight to the front wheels it was never going to be able to handle it all, but I promise you won't give a damn when you get to listen to that 3.2-litre V6 Busso engine.

2) Peugeot 205 GTi

The 205 GTi is the hot hatch king. No doubt about it. With 130 bhp it is more entertaining to drive than the majority of cars with double that. The second-hand car market knows this and prices are continuing to climb.

1) Honda Integra Type R

The best FWD car of all time, the Integra Type R is the ultimate proof that power to the front wheels doesn't have to limit the fun. If you haven't been convinced by now, then I give up.